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Marlins get swept this time, lose to Phillies

June 6, 2013 - 20:08 By Korea Herald
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ― With the old Cole Hamels and the new Domonic Brown leading the way, the Philadelphia Phillies are .500 again.

Now, they’re looking to push forward.

Hamels had a season-high 11 strikeouts in seven dominant innings, Brown hit another homer and the Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep and even their record for the first time since they were 6-6.

“Getting back to .500 is key to starting over,” Hamels said. “We want to keep the same approach we’ve had, win series and fight for first place.”
Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck (bottom) reacts after being hit by a pitch during an at-bat by Philadelphia Phillies’ Freddy Galvis as Miami Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo comes to his aid in Philadelphia on Wednesday. ( AP-Yonhap News)

Hamels (2-9) allowed one run and four hits to snap a personal six-game losing streak. The three-time All-Star lefty and 2008 World Series MVP hadn’t won since April 28 at the New York Mets.

Jimmy Rollins hit a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the seventh off A.J. Ramos (0-2). Ryan Howard followed with a two-run triple, diving headfirst into third.

Then Brown went downtown to make it 6-1. Brown has 10 homers in the last 12 games and leads the NL with 18.

“It feels good just trying to do my little part,” Brown said. “Ryan came up big. That’s why he gets paid the big bucks. We have a good lineup. Hopefully it catches and it’ll be a lot of fun.”

The Phillies (30-30) have their first four-game winning streak and will try to go above .500 for the first time when they open a four-game series at Milwaukee on Thursday night.

Hamels has been a hard-luck pitcher this season, and his record isn’t a true indicator of the way he’s pitched. The Phillies haven’t given him much run support and he didn’t pitch with a lead between his third and 11th start. Over those nine outings, he was 1-8 with a 3.24 ERA.

“I was trying to be too fine, trying to make perfect pitches,” Hamels said.

It was 1-1 when Hamels was lifted for pinch-hitter Delmon Young with one out in the seventh. Ben Revere followed with a single. One out later, Rollins gave Philadelphia the lead.

Padres 6, Dodgers 2

D-backs 10, Cardinals 3

Cubs 8, Angles 6

Royals 4, Twins 1

Astros 11, Orioles 7

Braves 5, Pirates 0

Yankees 6, Indians 4

Phillies 6, Marlins 1

Athletics 6, Brewers 1

White Sox 7, Mariners 5

Blue Jays 4, Giants 0

Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

Mets 10, Nationals 1

Rays 3, Tigers 0

Rockies 12, Reds 4